Posts Tagged ‘Mark Duplass’

creepThere are several sub-genres within the horror genre, but none as controversial or criticized as the Found Footage sub-genre of Horror. Thanks tot he success of The Blair Witch Project, the genre came right to the forefront with every kind of angle imaginable. Nonetheless, not all Found Footage Horror is bad and I think I found a gem in today’s film. Creep is one of those found footage films that I decided to check out that was written, directed, and stars Patrick Brice (Safety Not Guaranteed) with Mark Duplass (The One I Love) lending a hand in the writing department and he stars in the film as well. Brice plays young videographer Aaron who is just looking to make some money with the skills that he has. One day, he decides to answer an ad from a guy who is looking for a videographer. That is when Aaron meets the mysterious Josef (Duplass) who proceeds to tell Aaron that he has cancer and that he wants to make a project so that his son can watch long after he dies. Aaron agrees to take the job, but the further he goes with the job is when he starts to notice that things are just not adding up and that Josef might not be the person he claims to be after all.

hqdefault (2)I will admit that at first, I kept thinking to myself where the hell are they going with this film, but when it gets to the good stuff the film gets really good. While Mark Duplass definitely deserves a lot of credit because he was the MVP, I think Patrick Brice deserves some credit as well. He does an excellent job playing the all too trusting Aaron who wants to believe that Josef is telling him the truth about why he is there. Mark Duplass just takes this film to a whole other level with his performance and he was the right man to do it because the role needed the charisma he possesses. I know what you guys are thinking and that is how is the camera work? For the most part, it’s not that bad because you have to remember it’s a videographer shooting the footage so there is minimal shaky camera work at best. That was actually a relief to me as well because I hate the found footage films that just rely on the shaky camera effect. If I wanted to watch that, I would have my two year old nephew walk around with a camera for an hour and the half. I definitely think that this is a film that is worth checking out because the end will shock you or maybe it won’t cause you will see it coming. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Lazarus-Effect-The-posterI have noticed in the last couple of years that Blumhouse Productions has become one of the leading companies for horror movies as of late whether good or bad. The Lazarus Effect is one of those films that I wanted to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween and thanks to my local¬†Redbox, here it is. The Lazarus Effect is about a group of Doctors at a university that are trying to perfect a drug that could potentially bring people back from the dead. After the school revokes their grant and a pharmaceutical company takes over, the group of doctors decide to break into the facility one last time to try and duplicate the experiment before it’s take over completely. The only problem is that one of the doctors in Zoe (Olivia Wilde) gets electrocuted and dies. After failing to revive her, they decide to use the experiment on her, but what they get is not anything what they expected. The film also stars Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Clay, Donald Glover (Magic Mike XXL) as Niko, Mark Duplass (The League) as Frank, Sarah Bolger (The Spiderwick Chronicles) as Eva, Ray Wise (RoboCop) as Mr. Wallace, Amy Aquino (White Oleander) as President Dalley, and the film was directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams Of Sushi).

lazaruseffect_As far as the film is concerned, I actually enjoyed watching this even though I don’t believe that its the greatest horror movie out there. It tries to answer some age old questions of what the afterlife is like and what happens when humans try to play God. It’s basically 88 minutes of them telling you once again that trying to play God is a very very bad idea and the film is also what would happen if Lucy¬†(the Scarlet Johansson film) was a horror movie. You’ll find out exactly what I am talking about with that last statement when you watch the film for yourself. As far as acting is concerned, I really enjoyed every person in the film including Mark Duplass who could very well be an MVP of the film along with Olivia Wilde. The film definitely toes the line as far as the argument of religion vs science as you have one doctor who doesn’t believe in the tales told by religion vs one who believes some of it. It takes the idea that the worst traumatic experience of your life is what hell is for you when you die. Pretty interesting stuff, I say. As I said before, is it the best horror movie ever made? Definitely not, but I definitely think that the film is worth watching if you are a fan of horror films. They try for both some cheap scares and some supernatural scares in it, but it wasn’t enough to make me soil myself from the fear. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade for the fact that I also enjoyed the cinematography.